Events spaces: Seminar, Conference and Meeting Rooms

The BIEA’s Seminar Room, situated on the first floor of our main building and provided with full audio-visual support, accommodates up to 70 people and is ideally suited for larger seminars, conferences, workshops or meetings.



The BIEA’s Conference Room comfortably sits 14 in a round-table format. A projector screen can be positioned at one end of the room.

The meeting room (see below) is next door and can be used for breakaway discussions. or catering.


The BIEA’s small Meeting Room is the ideal space for small meetings and group discussions.

Our beautiful garden provides a serene environment, including a large marquee for hosting events such as book launches, lunches, and receptions for up to 30 people. The garden also offers ample space and tranquility best required to study, research, and hold friendly/official discussions.


All events can be booked with or without catering.
Local accommodation in nearby guest houses can be arranged via the BIEA
For more details and to discuss planning your event at the BIEA please contact [email protected]

Office and Research Workspace

Our members and visiting researchers can use our library and computer room on an ad hoc, a first-come first-served basis.

BIEA has office or individual desk spaces for hire for longer-term, guaranteed research space (subject to availability).

Our secured wi-fi network allows researchers to access the internet within the compound with their own wi-fi enabled devices.

Researchers wishing to conduct more technical digital analyses can use our digital mapping/image facility, while those wishing to analyse finds, including archaeological materials, can do so in our store room/finds lab. We also have a range of technical apparatus for finds analysis, including calipers, drawing boards, digital weighing scales and microscopes (including a Nikon petrographic microscope). Archaeological finds can be temporarily stored at BIEA whilst under analysis.

Please contact [email protected] for further details. 

Survey: Photography (Aerial/Drone & Ground) , GIS Expertise and Videography


We are thrilled to introduce our members and researchers to one of the latest, state of the art and cutting-edge surveying drones in the market. As part of upgrading our support to researchers, and in cognisant to the importance of accurate reliable and timely surveying data in projects, BIEA purchased a phantom 4RTK DJI drone. The drone provides a potential data collection tool for projects. It is equipped with a high-resolution CMOS camera sensor of up to 20Megapixels allowing capture of detailed aerial images. In addition, it has GNSS high sensitivity module for very high accuracy of up to centimetres level. Together with our highly skilled drone registered pilot, data collected is analysed using vastly sophisticated DJI terra (and other 3rd party processing software) to generate very accurate 2D and 3D models. The output generated is comprehensive enough for actionable insight and decision making which can be tailor-made to fit project’s requirements. We have ensured that safety and security concerns are in place to ensure that both our drone and the pilot have been duly registered with Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and endeavour to adhere to their rules and regulations.

Researchers requiring seamless aerial surveying services are invited to partner with the BIEA in their project needs and unlock full aerial data collection potential.


To provide accurate surveying and mapping support, the BIEA has acquired a high accuracy DGPS. The acquisition was made in recognition and demand for high accuracy location data, which is not only in demand in surveying and engineering industries, but also social science disciplines where geospatial science is gaining traction. The synergies for accurate and high precision data which when well analysed can lead to proper decision making and BIEA continued urge for research engagement, informed the acquisition of a high accuracy centimetre level DGPS. The unit, a Geomax Zenith 16, (the set of 2) is equipped with a host of options encompassing a base and a rover unit. The base unit includes a tripod and tribrach for accurate point positioning and centering, while the rover unit comes with a 2m pole fitted with am air bubble, for accurate levelling.

The new addition is an important milestone where accurate mapping of features and phenomenon is required. It provides competitive edge from similar methods of survey in the market, particularly when the data is to be utilised for predictive analysis and modelling. Our prices are highly subsidized in consideration of research support than profit making. The equipment offers a wide range of end products, including 2d maps, to 3d models particularly when the DGPS is used in tandem with our in-house Drone.

The BIEA can provide technical expertise and equipment for aerial photography, DGPS survey, and GIS mapping. 

Current charges for BIEA technical staff KES
Daily rate, in the field (working hours 8am to 4.30pm) 10,000
Overtime hourly rate (including Sundays / bank holidays) 600
Office based preparation / post-processing TBC

BIEA technical staff are employed according to the laws of Kenya, even when they are working outside Kenya. Under Kenyan employment law, the working week is conventionally calculated as 45 hours in length, with eight hours’ normal working time on each day from Monday to Friday 8 am to 4.30 pm (with an additional half an hour unpaid lunch), and five hours’ normal working time on Saturday (8 am to 1 pm). Staff are not obliged to work overtime. If they do so they are entitled to overtime payments.

Please contact [email protected] for further details.

Photography and Videography

Would you like to visually document your research findings, efficiently track progress, and compellingly present your results?


The BIEA offers high resolution professional photography and video cameras to record and effectively present your research. These cameras include a Full Frame Sony a7iii with a 50mm prime lens and a 24 – 70mm zoom lens, a Hero 5 GoPro, and an XC 15 Canon with a 24 – 240mm Lens. We also have access to higher quality 4k, 6k and 8k equipment if needed.

Contact [email protected] for a visually evoking and detailed output of your fieldwork progress and results.

Camping and Excavation Equipment

The BIEA has a large and well-maintained selection of camping and excavation equipment which can be hired by researcher to take into the field. Researchers are advised to book equipment well in advance of arriving in Nairobi. 

 A list of this equipment and associated costs can be found here .

Please contact [email protected] for further details.